21 Jan 2013

It’s the news of the month – the long-awaited Fairline Squadron 50 has just arrived in Cape Town and she’s absolutely stunning.

Boating World has had all hands on deck preparing for this exciting event and she more than meets expectation – and so says everyone who has spotted her demurely resting at her permanent moorings in Granger Bay harbour.

Greg first met this London-manufactured beauty while she was still on board the ship and even though it was dark at the time he could barely contain his excitement. Once safely offloaded he carefully drove her round to her new home, resisting the urge to flatten the throttles of the potent twin 675 Volvo Penta powerhouses.

Safely moored in the picturesque marina this beautiful 51ft cruiser looks so comfortable - one would think she’s always been there – and yet she cuts a regal figure among her peers alongside. Since her arrival, many a big boat enthusiast has been spotted taking a quick turn into her peaceful waters - for a closer look at this stunning head-turner.

Derrick Levy couldn’t be more delighted. “She’s everything and more than I remembered from my first sighting of these magnificent craft at boat shows overseas last year.”

Her commanding presence certainly invites closer inspection- especially as one has to remind oneself that she is 50-footer – everything about her screams much bigger! And it all starts with the fact that she sits so much higher above the water than her same-sized counterparts.

To give some idea - tying a fender on the side requires a full-stretch to above head height (of a tall man) just to reach the cleat. Or climb up to the flybridge and look down - you could be forgiven for thinking you’re on top of a small building – even her siblings in the Squadron range are much lower on the water.

Of course this large external superstructure means equally impressive internal space. The bow area is much wider and interestingly the beautifully appointed master cabin is accommodated here. This cabin space is tall – really tall – with headroom of at least 6’6” – and light pouring in from skylights makes it seem even bigger.

You don’t even have to avoid obstacles en-route to the superb en-suite bathroom – the flat floor space is covered with plush carpeting - gorgeously soft underfoot. And there are three other comfortable cabins - also beautifully kitted out.

Twelve to sixteen people can easily enjoy a day together inside this enormous cruiser – regardless of the weather and you’ll never feel claustrophobic - as light floods in through panoramic windows and full length glass doors leading from the saloon to the cockpit (which also has comfortable seating and loads of deck space).

Naturally every mod con is right at hand in the neat and very well-equipped galley which conveniently connects these great entertainment areas.

A Williams tender jet boat of around nine feet is stored on the rear bathing platform which hydraulically lifts up and over to the water.

As the Tender Launch mechanism (which is designed to accommodate different hulls) lowers to a couple of feet underwater and stays below, the tender is kept completely stable and can safely come on or off the submerged portion of platform in any direction. When you’re ready to board again it folds back up to the platform.  If there is no tender on the boat the adjustable chocks of the mechanism fold away underfloor leaving a clean bathing platform.

A short trip up the stairs to the flybridge and you find a whole new world of superb views, comfortable seating, sunbeds, a wetbar and the second helm area – so the pilot and his mate can join in the fun - and much more.

One can just picture the Fairline Squadron cruising our coastline with a backdrop of glorious sunsets or running free on vast open waters, easily cutting through huge swells leaving only a small trail in her wake of ever having been there.

Destination...? Of course that’s up to the delighted new owner!

One can also spend hours speculating about the many more exciting features not yet revealed or you can contact Boating World for more information at 0861 324 754 or